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#15 Currently Holding Down the #3 Spot in Sprint Cup Series Points

Friday, June 28, 2013
As the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series approaches its half-way point, Clint Bowyer continues to hold the #3 spot in the Sprint Cup Series Points. So far this season, Bowyer has had four top 5 finishes and eight top 10’s and we couldn’t be more excited to be a part of a successful season! Around this same time last year, Bowyer was seventh in the point standings The first half of the 2013 season has certainly been an exciting one and we look forward to seeing all that the team will accomplish before the season is through!

Clint Bowyer at Dover International Speedway for the Fedex 400 Benefiting Autism Speaks (Photo by Jerry Markland/Getty Images) 2013 Getty Images

As NASCAR fans, we don’t think the racing fun should be limited to the race track, so we’re also sponsoring some contests and giveaways to keep our fans happy between races! Stay up to date with 5-hour ENERGY®’s contest page to get involved with contests, sweepstakes, giveaways and more. Don’t forget to follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest for other contests that pop up throughout the week!

There’s still time to enter the 5-hour ENERGY® Race Reporter Sweepstakes. One lucky winner and a guest will win travel and accommodations to Charlotte, North Carolina to receive the VIP racing experience of a lifetime. The winner will receive a garage and pit tour, watch the race from a pit box, a trip to the NASCAR Hall of Fame, and will get to meet Clint Bowyer and Michael Waltrip. Sweepstakes ends on July 31, 2013.

The 5-hour ENERGY® Racing Scavenger Hunt Contest is another ongoing contest. Fans are invited to search the 5-hour ENERGY® website and Social Media channels, as well as Clint Bowyer’s website, to find 15 different racing codes. After finding all 15 codes, participants can enter them via the contest code entry form to be entered into a random drawing to win a one-year supply of 5-hour ENERGY® and Clint Bowyer gear. Participants can increase the odds of winning by searching for additional bonus letters hidden each month. The bonus letters will spell out a message that can be entered on the bonus entry form for an additional 10 entries into the random drawing at the end of the racing season. Contest ends on November 18, 2013.

The 2013 season has been a wild ride so far and we have plenty of 5-hour ENERGY® Racing gear left to give away! Don’t forget to enter the exciting contests we have going on for our racing fans, and always be on the lookout for popup giveaways via our Social Media channels!

As Clint Bowyer tweeted in April: “Proud of the 15 team, seem to be catching our stride. Our day is coming!!!”, we couldn’t agree more and can’t wait to see what the rest of the 2013 season has to bring!


Bowyer Returns to Sonoma Valley to Defend his Toyota/Save Mart 350 Championship Title

Thursday, June 20, 2013

Clint Bowyer will be revving his engine in hopes of racing to victory lane for back-to-back wins as he takes on the first road course of the season. This weekend the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series is headed back to the beautiful Sonoma Valley for the 25th consecutive year for the Toyota/Save Mart 350 at Sonoma Raceway. And Clint Bowyer is as ready as ever to take on the 10-turn, 1.99-mile road course to defend his title!

Clint Bowyer celebrating his first road course victory at
Sonoma Raceway on June 24, 2012.
(Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images) 2012 Getty Images

Last year's victory took many by surprise, but nevertheless was a big win for Bowyer. Not only was it his sixth career win, the Toyota/Save Mart 350 victory was his first win as part of the Michael Waltrip Racing crew and his first ever win on a road course. The question now is can he do it again? Will Clint Bowyer end up in the Wine Country Winner's Circle once again taking a sip from the Champion's Goblet and toasting to his fans for the second year in a row?

With one of the most comprehensive race schedules in the country, the action never seems to stop at Sonoma. The year-round motorsports complex has events scheduled 340 days and 50 weekends a year, attracting more than one-half million fans to pass through the gates each year. From the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, IZOD IndyCar&#reg; Series and other prestigious racing series to the Wednesday Night Drags program giving fans the chance to race down the world-famous quarter-mile drag strip and the Summer Racing Camps teaching kids and young adults the techniques of racing as well as leadership skills. Needless to say, there’s never a dull moment at Sonoma Raceway.

Not only is Sonoma Raceway dear to the hearts of motor sports drivers and fans, it's also home to nearly 3,000 sheep throughout the year. Provided by Rocky Mountain Wooly Weeders, the sheep help to maintain the grass and fire lanes of the facility.

The history of Sonoma Raceway dates back to 1968, when Marin County owners Robert Marshall Jr. and Jim Coleman envisioned the idea of building a race track while on a hunting trip. Originally built on a 720-acre working dairy farm called Sears Point Farm, Sonoma Raceway has grown to 1,600-acres and has become one of the top motor sports venues in the country.  The course was recognized by the name Sears Point Raceway for over three decades until 2002 when Infineon Technologies bought the naming rights and renamed the course Infineon Raceway. After the corporate sponsorship ended in 2012, the track reverted back to Sonoma Raceway.

Time for a little math, race fans: if the Save Mart 350 spans 110 laps and there are 10-turns per lap, how many turns will competing drivers make if they complete all 110 laps? Yes, that’s right! A head-spinning 1,100 total turns around the road course!

Clint Bowyer takes a celebratory drink from the Champion's Goblet after winning the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Toyota/Save  Mart 350 at Sonoma on June 24, 2012. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images) 2012 Getty Images

Will Clint Bowyer finish all 1,100 turns ahead of the field and become the first back-to-back winner to drink the from Champion’s Goblet after a long streak of eight consecutive different winners at Sonoma Raceway? We’ll be cheering loud and proud in hopes of seeing him in the Wine Country Winner's Circle once again!

Good luck Clint!


The Tricky Triangle – Pocono Raceway

Tuesday, June 4, 2013
NASCAR fans, when you hear the word ‘triangle’ what’s the first think that comes to mind? We’re guessing it’s the Pocono Raceway, nicknamed the Tricky Triangle! This weekend Clint Bowyer is heading to Pennsylvania’s Mountains for the Party in the Poconos 400, but before Sunday’s race we wanted to fill you in with some history and a few of the things that make this tricky track so unique.

Pocono Raceway is one of the very few NASCAR tracks that isn’t owned by Speedway Motorsports, Inc. or International Speedway Corporation. The track was started by Joseph II and Rose Mattioli and, despite economic hardships, has stayed in the family through present day. Groundbreaking took place in 1969 and due to errors in construction, inexperience and other factors, the Mattioli family suffered financial problems that almost caused them to go bankrupt a few different times. There was a point where the Mattiolis were going to sell the track but Bill France Sr. convinced them to keep it.

Today the Mattioli family credits Bill France Sr., his wife and son for keeping Pocono Raceway alive.

Not only is Pocono the only triangle shaped track in NASCAR, but each of its three turns are different because they are modeled after turns at three different racing tracks. Turn One has 14 degree banking and mimics the long defunct Trenton Speedway. Turn Two, also known as the ‘Tunnel Turn’, features nine degree banking like Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Lastly, Turn Three has six degree banking similar to the Milwaukee Mile. Though Pocono is a 2.5 mile long superspeedway, the sharp turns and low banking causes driving speeds to be much lower than other superspeedways.

In addition to Pocono’s family ownership and one-of-a-kind track layout, another thing that makes this raceway unique is its green initiatives. In August 2010, the 3MW Pocono Solar Project, a power saving initiative that will produce more than 72 million kilowatt hours of energy over the next 20 years, launched after only three months of construction. Pocono’s solar project will offset more than 3,100 Metric Tons of carbon dioxide annually and will generate enough power to provide electricity for nearly 1,000 homes in addition to the power needs of the raceway. Pocono was also the first raceway to become a part of the PepsiCo Dream Machine program, which promotes recycling by providing bins and kiosks throughout the grandstands so fans recycle instead of throwing away their cans and bottles. A final green initiative that Pocono is a part of is the NASCAR Clean Air Tree Planting Program. As part of the program, 10 trees will be planted for every green flag that drops during NASCAR Sprint Cup Series events, reducing the carbon footprint of the sport while also bringing eco-friendly awareness to NASCAR fans.

From its ownership to its shape, there are many things that make Pocono Raceway a quirky, yet unique track. With a nickname like the Tricky Triangle, races are bound to be exciting and eventful which is why we can’t wait for Sunday’s race at Pocono Raceway! We want to wish Clint Bowyer the best of luck as he Parties in the Poconos this weekend!